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“Trendy Hotel, Well-Meaning Staff, Construction, Pool Table” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Aloft Milwaukee Downtown

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Aloft Milwaukee Downtown
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1230 Old World Third Street, Milwaukee, WI 53203   |  
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Ranked #30 of 53 Hotels in Milwaukee
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Trendy Hotel, Well-Meaning Staff, Construction, Pool Table”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Aloft's a relatively new hotel (2+ years, I think) located in an area that's somewhat in transition from "old" to newly upscale. The demographics of the area are such that the area seems to be changing fairly rapidly. Best I could tell, there are some nice urban upscale young professional type condos across the river and up the hill. Places like Panera, Starbucks, etc. have moved in (which they wouldn't if the demographics didn't support it).

Hotel's sort of a budget version of the "W" brand - trendy and catering to a younger but willing-to-spend some money clientele. Rooms are sort of Ikea-simple in design, but cool and functional. Lots of outlets into which to plug your I-phone, I-Pad, laptop, etc. And there's a pool table (free of charge) in the lobby.

Downside is that they're reconstructing the bridge right next to the hotel and there isn't any self-parking available. It's valet only, though they park it in the vacant lot right across the street ("so why not offer a self-parking option for convenience," one might ask!). Still, valet parking people were very eager, available, and helpful. Same goes for front desk staff and the people who really went the extra mile to help set up the ballroom for our event. They're doing all they can with the space and support they've got. Once the construction on the bridge is done and a few things are built around it, this hotel will be in a good location. As it is, there are a bunch of restaurants, pubs, bars, etc. right on 3rd street itself as well as across the river on Water Street. Nightlife was pretty active on a Friday night.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ryanmiy, General Manager at Aloft Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, September 14, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your travels with us. You are right, this December, we will be 3 years old and we are proud of how the area has "come up" over the past few years.
The bridge construction is an inconveinece, but definitely needed. Fortuantely, it is scheduled to be finished in early November (early Christmas peresent for us). We would love to offer self park and even free parking, however, we do not own the lot and part of the lease prohibits us from anything but valet.
We are glad you found the team welcoming and friendly to serve you, we all hope that you come back and see us again!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kansas City, Missouri
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

This hotel was great. The best hotel I've ever stayed at. The location is superb: walking distance from many bars and restaurants. We had a view of downtown and the Pabst Brewery from our room. Very very clean. Modern / young-hip decor. I would have liked to have seen a phone book in the room though. The valet gentlemen were excellent. Valet was (I think?) $25 and they do NOT have free parking. The bar in the lobby was great: great drinks, decently priced. Their outside patio "hangout" area is quite nice with a beautiful view of the river. They have the coolest floors in their elevators (weird, I know.) I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ryanmiy, General Manager at Aloft Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, September 14, 2012
Thank you for letting us know about the experience you had on your visit. We are happy that we were able to take care of you on this trip to Milwaukee. Hopefully, you had a great time while in the city. Please come back and see us again in the future!
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Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

We stayed here with a group of people after The Color Run in Milwaukee. The price was decent for 4 of us. The hotel is not bad at all...no complaints on our end. I used the valet which was decently priced. We called for more towels and they instantly came. We didn't have any issues with noise or anything. The hotel is located right by all of the trendy bars and nightlife --- so it's in a great location. I would consider staying there again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ryanmiy, General Manager at Aloft Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, September 13, 2012
Hope the Color Run went well and the 4 of you enjoyed your time in the city. We hope to be able to have you back the next time you are in town!
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We checked on Tuesday for a two night stay. Our plane landed around 9:45 AM so we took a cab downtown to the Aloft. We were able to check in early thanks to a wonderful front desk clerk by the name of Christy. To be completely honest, Christy was the best part of the entire experience as she was very professional and above and beyond kind.
We opted to take a room without the river view which is what we had originally booked. However, due to the hotel being sold out the night before we took a room on the 2nd floor which was available immediately. This wasn't a wise decision(taking a room on the 2nd floor). Upon calling the front desk they spoke to me and said as soon as something became available they would move us. We returned from lunch and they moved us without incident. They even offered to assist us.

Upon moving to the next room, we noticed the view was cool but the bed was extremely hard and uncomfortable. It took some time getting use to the bed and the horrible iron. After a while the air stopped cooling and the room became warm and sticky.

The next morning, we called down stairs and were moved. Needless to say, neither my wife or myself slept well that night. We actually rested a good part of the day after journeying to nearby AJ Bombers for lunch.

I was off to present a presentation and returned late that evening to a room that was extremely warm. The maintenance department sent someone up to check the air and he apologized, gave us two drinks on the house and helped us move to another room that was right beside where we were.

Overall, the staff was excellent and the lobby was excellent with great ambiance. However, I wouldn't stay at another Aloft by Starwood.

Room Tip: Rooms on the river are better than looking out on the 2nd level.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ryanmiy, General Manager at Aloft Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, September 13, 2012
Sorry to hear about your experience with the rooms and more importantly the bed. Not the type of stay we hope you recieve, glad the staff was responsive, but can understand your frustration. We hope that while you did not find our beds comfortable, you do give our other brands a try as the beds are different. If there is anything we can do for you, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
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Casper, Wyoming
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56 reviews 56 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

Booked the hotel. Arrived and all we heard from the time we got there till we left were little yappy dogs barking. Apparently the second floor is the dog floor, yet no one took the time to pre-warn us. Thanks front desk! Room was okay, not as nice or clean as other Alotfs I've stayed at. When we brought up our barking dog comments to the front desk at check out we pretty much got a "that sucks" with a smile response.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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ryanmiy, General Manager at Aloft Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, September 4, 2012
Thank you for giving us a review of your experience. I understand how the barking dog is frustrating and give you the experience that it did. PLease let us know how we can make it up to you and we will do everything that we can to make it right!
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Madison, Wisconsin
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

I was there for one night in April for a Brewers game. The location of this hotel is great - lot of fun bars and restaurants near the hotel. The hotel and rooms were very trendy. My room was not very clean, but I did bring it up to the attention of the hotel and they made a wrong- a right. I appreciated that they fixed an issue. I would stay here again, and I hope i get a clean room this time :-)
PS - parking is somewhat of an issue. The parking lot is very jammed.

Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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ryanmiy, General Manager at Aloft Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, August 31, 2012
Thank you for taking time out to let us know about your experience here. I apologize that you did not recieve a clean room and we will definately look into the problem and resolve it for future stays. I am glad to hear though that we made it right for you as that is what matters! Hope to have you back again in the future.
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Big Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012 via mobile

We will definitely choose the Aloft again when it is an option!
From the minute we pulled up to when we pulled away we were surrounded with warm, friendly, and energetic people. Everyone there was sincerely happy to be there.
Our rooms were very modern and trendy. Over looking the river. It was the perfect location to all downtown conveniences. Our car stayed parked the entire weekend.
Great stay!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ryanmiy, General Manager at Aloft Milwaukee Downtown, responded to this review, August 22, 2012
We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit with us over the weekend! We appreciate the feedback and our team loves know when we do our jobs properly. Thank you and come back to see us again!
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Address: 1230 Old World Third Street, Milwaukee, WI 53203
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Location: United States > Wisconsin > Milwaukee
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #30 of 53 Hotels in Milwaukee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Aloft Milwaukee Downtown 3*
Number of rooms: 160
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Aloft Milwaukee Downtown is a modern boutique-style hotel near the business district, Bradley Center arena, Milwaukee River, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, and is 15 minutes from MKE Airport ... more   less 
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